Javier Gonzalez

Tenor - Session 3
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A native of Southern California, tenor Javier Gonzalez holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance and choral conducting from the University of New Mexico where he studied under soprano, Leslie Umphrey.  He has been described as a “bold arresting tenor with a shining lyricism.” On the operatic stage he has performed the roles of Javier in Luisa FernandaTamino in The Magic Flute, Canio in I Pagliacci, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don Jose in Carmen, Roberto in Le VilliEdgar in Puccini’s Edgar, Laerte in Opera Southwest’s revival production of Amleto and the role of Jesus in the acclaimed operatic tableaux, Oh My Son by Spanish composer Marcos Galvany.  For ten years he served as assistant choral director of the Georgetown Presbyterian Chorale in Washington, D.C., and has been a guest choral and vocal clinician for the Vocal Arts Society of Washington.  Mr. Gonzalez has also been a finalist in the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist competition, first-place winner in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition in New York City and first place in the UNM concerto competition and the New Mexico/Oklahoma/Texas regional NATS competition.  He has performed with various orchestras around the country such as the New Mexico Philharmonic, the New England Symphonic Ensemble and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared on such stages as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Dvorak Hall and performed with such artists as Placido Domingo, John Rutter and Branford Marsalis.  Mr. Gonzalez currently serves on the voice faculty of La Sierra University in Riverside, California and also teaches for California State University.   He is also the founder and chair of Live For 1, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to using the performing arts to engage local communities for the sake, care and aid of refugees in the middle-east. For more information visit javiergonzaleztenor.com and livefor1.com.